Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Associate Pre-K

Program Coordinator

Patrick O'Leary
(330) 941-3343


This associate degree leads to Associate Licensure in Pre-Kindergarten Education.  Graduates are qualified to teach in or manage licensed daycare and preschool programs, and they are eligible for Associate Pre-kindergarten Teacher Licensure after passing the Pre-k Praxis examination. Most of the coursework can be applied toward a bachelor's degree for Family and Consumer Science Instructor or Early Childhood Education. Within the framework of their required courses, students complete 300 hours of clinical/field work. This program normally requires four semesters of study averaging 15-18 hours per semester.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
A & H or NS Elective (one course must include a lab)3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Major Requirements
HMEC 15501
CHFM 1514Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
CHFM 1530Infants and Toddlers: Development and Care3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society3
CHFM 2633Early Childhood: Integrating Development and Education3
CHFM 2650Introduction to Assessment of Young Children3
CHFM 2664Effective Classroom Management and Positive Guidance in the Early Childhood Classroom3
CHFM 2675Integrated Curriculum for Prekindergarten3
MUED 3722Music in Early Childhood3
CHFM 3733LPracticum in Early Childhood Settings3
ART 3737Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education3
CHFM 3750Families, Communities and Schools3
PSYC 3755Child Development3
CHFM 3770Wellness During the Early Childhood Years3
CHFM 3790Directed Practice in PreK Education4
CHFM 3790SDirected Practice Seminar2
Total Semester Hours65-67
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500 Success Seminar 1
CHFM 1514 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
HMEC 1550 1
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
ART 3737 Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education 1 3
 Semester Hours14
CHFM 1530 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Care 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CHFM 2633 Early Childhood: Integrating Development and Education 3
PSYC 3755 Child Development 3
CHFM 3770 Wellness During the Early Childhood Years 3
 Semester Hours15
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 2 3
Arts and Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Hours6
Year 2
SPED 2631 1 3
CHFM 2650 Introduction to Assessment of Young Children 3
CHFM 2675 Integrated Curriculum for Prekindergarten 3
CHFM 3733L Practicum in Early Childhood Settings 3
CHFM 3750 Families, Communities and Schools 3
 Semester Hours15
CHFM 2664 Effective Classroom Management and Positive Guidance in the Early Childhood Classroom 3
MUED 3722 Music in Early Childhood 3
CHFM 3790 Directed Practice in PreK Education 4
CHFM 3790S Directed Practice Seminar 2
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours65

One or two of these courses may be included in any of the semesters: ART 3737 Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education, MUED 3722 Music in Early Childhood.


May add General Education Requirements listed as possible summer courses to any of the four semesters

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Pre-kindergarten program, graduates will be able to:

  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate lessons.
  • Involve families in learning.
  • Assess a child's development in five developmental domains.
  • Recognize and use ethical guidelines and professional standards related to early childhood practice.